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Writing the Southwest
     

Writing the Southwest

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by David King Dunaway
 

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First published in 1995, this assemblage of interviews, bibliographies, excerpts, and criticism on fourteen of the Southwest's most important authors has been updated and expanded. The accompanying 74-minute compact disc provides excerpts from the authors. Tony Hillerman discusses how blindness in the army helped shape his writings; Terry McMillan explains her

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First published in 1995, this assemblage of interviews, bibliographies, excerpts, and criticism on fourteen of the Southwest's most important authors has been updated and expanded. The accompanying 74-minute compact disc provides excerpts from the authors. Tony Hillerman discusses how blindness in the army helped shape his writings; Terry McMillan explains her start as a writer and why she thought, when she was young, that African-Americans didn't write books. Each recorded interview ranges from 4 to 10 minutes.

Reviews of the first edition:

"Much more than an ordinary compilation. . . . A vivid composite of the region's best-known writers, Writing the Southwest is an excellent sampling of unique viewpoints and deep roots."-Publishers Weekly

"The writers included here . . . represent the vital ethnic mixture of the Southwest past and present. . . . For modern literature students, as well as those who are curious about the backgrounds of some of their favorite writers, this is a good choice."--Kliatt

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Writing the Southwest is much more than an ordinary compilation of regional short stories. Like the radio series of the same name, each selection begins with a biographical piece about the author with interview material and excerpts from various works. The book begins with one of the best known of recent Southwestern authors, Edward Abbey. His background speaks volumes about his enigmatic life and controversial, fiercely independent attitudes. Rudolfo Anaya, who also wrote the foreword, describes his connection to the Southwest. ``To be moved into the real of the characters of the story means to feel the place, the food, music, language and history of the character's surrounding. Taken a step further, the power of literature is to transport the reader into the very core of the mythic and poetic world of the story.'' Tony Hillerman jokingly defines ``regional'' authors as ``everybody except New York writers'' but notes that the vast, often lonely landscape of the Southwest is what unites its writers. Terry McMillan travels through Arizona in the excerpt from Waiting to Exhale and wonders at the irony that Mexicans are now picking cotton in the fields. Frank Waters, the native Coloradan who has been writing about this area for decades, talks about the environment and Anglo-English exploitation of it. A vivid composite of the region's best-known writers, Writing the Southwest is an excellent sampling of unique viewpoints and deep roots. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826323361
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
12/15/2003
Edition description:
Revised with CD
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

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Sara Spurgeon is Assistant Professor of English at Texas Tech University, Lubbock.

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